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Three Must-See Acts This Week

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Dance

Goldroom’s High Seas Festival

4-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, boarding at Pier 3. $199 for two days; highseasfest.com

Setting sail across the Bay for two evenings of nicely curated dance pop and beach-worthy house, the High Seas Festival is the perfect summer outing on the ocean for music lovers. Organized by electronic producer Goldroom, it’s got a lineup topped with DJ sets by dreamy synth-pop maestro Washed Out on Saturday and electropop party-starters The Knocks on Sunday. These sunset-draped evenings also promise DJ sets from indie-pop wizard RAC, rising future-funk producer Yung Bae, and the dreamy-dance stylings of Goldroom himself for two nights of dance-filled fun on the sea. Goldroom has recently been releasing a slew of synth-heavy dance singles, like the neon-induced “Cocaine Girl,” in preparation for his upcoming album, Plunge /\ Surface, an ambitious double album with 10 different versions of the same song on each half.

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Electronic pop

PNAU

7 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, at Great American Music Hall. $25; slimspresents.com

When it comes to the history of Australian dance music, PNAU essentially wrote the book, as the long-running production trio has seen their share of commercial and critical success, and have proven that they are more than capable of evolving their sound without compromising their vision. The group started in the late ’90s when classmates Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes experimented with various forms of dance music, releasing their acclaimed deep house debut, Samabnova, in 1999. After a brief hiatus following the release of their underrated sophomore effort Again, Littlemore and Mayes reunited in 2007 to write more than 200 new songs, some with Littlemore’s brother (and eventual third member) Sam. The ensuing result was PNAU’s third self-titled album, an incredible future disco opus that boasts appearances from Ladyhawke and Luke Steele. The success of this self-titled effort inspired Steele and Nick Littlemore to begin a music project together as Empire of the Sun, a duo who would go on to dominate the dance universe at the turn of the decade with their now-classic album, Walking on a Dream. The group found a notable fan in Elton John, who happily collaborated with PNAU on their 2011 album Soft Universe and the 2012 rework-album Good Morning to the Night. The group’s latest effort, Changa, is a carefree house party with tribal and deep elements that will leave you humming.

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Rock

Starcrawler

(with Beck & Cage the Elephant) 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, at Shoreline Amphitheater. $29; mountainviewamphitheater.com

Combining gleefully catchy power pop with sludgy punk rock, Starcrawler carry their own distinct old-school identity, having captured the ears of rock legends and fans alike. The Los Angeles band formed in 2015 after high school classmates Arrow de Wilde and Henri Cash collaborated for a music project. The immediate creative chemistry led to the duo filling out the group and releasing their fuzz-induced debut single “Ants” in 2017. Starcrawler quickly gained notoriety for their aggressive live shows, which include wild theatrics involving bizarre costumes and fake blood, and won Best U.S. Act after impressing crowds at 2018’s South By Southwest. The group released their 2018 debut album to widespread critical praise, with a focus on the group’s talent for capturing the spirit of 1970s glam and punk rock, bringing in modern elements for a unique yet satisfying sound for classic rock fans.

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